- James Carville
name = James Carville
birth_name = Chester James Carville, Jr.
birth_date = birth date and age|1944|10|25
Fort Benning, Georgia
nationality = American
Political Party =
New Orleans, Louisiana
Louisiana State University
Political Party =
Mary Matalin(since 1993)
website = [http://www.carville.info/ Official site]
James Carville (born October 25, 1944) is an American
political consultant, commentator, actor, attorney, media personalityand pundit. Known as the "Ragin' Cajun", Carville gained national attention for his work as the lead strategist of the successful presidential campaign of then- Arkansasgovernor Bill Clinton. Carville was the co-host of CNN's "Crossfire" until its final broadcast in June 2005. Since its cancellation, he has appeared on CNN's news program, The Situation Room. As of 2008, he hosts a weekly program on XM Radiotitled "60/20 Sports" with Luke Russert, son of Tim Russertwho hosted NBC's "Meet The Press". He is married to Republican political consultant Mary Matalin.
Early life and education
Carville, the oldest of eight children, was born Chester James Carville, Jr. [ [http://www.judicialwatch.org/archive/ois/cases/filegate/carville3.htm James Carville Deposition section 3 ] ] at
Fort Benning, Georgia, the son of Lucille (née Norman), a former school teacher who sold World Book Encyclopedias door-to-door, and Chester James Carville, a postmaster as well as owner of a general store. [ [http://www.salon.com/columnists/jcarville.html Salon | The Columnists ] ] He has Irish and Cajunancestry. James Carville attended Ascension Catholic High Schoolin Donaldsonville, Louisiana.cite conference |last=Carville |first=James |coauthors= Mary Matalin; Federal News Service (transcript) |title=CEA Washington Forum |publisher= Consumer Electronics Association|date=2007-03-27 |location=Washington, D.C. |url= http://www.ce.org/Events/event_info/downloads/WF07/3.27.07%20Carville%20&%20Matalin%20Keynote.doc |format=.doc |accessdate=2008-04-01]
He graduated from
Louisiana State Universitywith an undergraduateand law degree.
Before entering politics, Carville worked as a
litigatorat a Baton Rougelaw firm from 1973–1979, spent two years serving in the United States Marines, and worked as a high school teacher.
Prior to the Clinton campaign, Carville and consulting partner
Paul Begalagained other well-known political victories, including the gubernatorialvictories of Robert Casey of Pennsylvaniain 1986, and Zell Millerof Georgia in 1990. But it was in 1991 when Carville and Begala rose to national attention, leading appointed incumbent Senator Harris Woffordof Pennsylvania back from a 40-point poll deficit over White Househand-picked candidate Dick Thornburgh. Also noteworthy is that Wofford's campaign was where the " it's the economy, stupid" strategy used by Bill Clintonin 1992 was first implemented.
Bill Clinton's 1992 Presidential campaign
In 1992, Carville helped lead Bill Clinton to a win against
George H. W. Bushin the Presidential election. In 1993, Carville was honored as Campaign Manager of the Year by the American Association of Political Consultants. His role on the Clinton campaign was documented in the feature-length Academy Award-nominated film, " The War Room". One of the formulations he used in that campaign has entered the language, derived from a list he posted in the war room to help focus himself and his staff, with these three points:
# Change vs. more of the same.
#The economy, stupid.
# Don't forget health care.
Post-1992 political work
After 1992 stopped working on domestic campaigns, stating that he would bring unneeded publicity, but he has worked on a number of foreign campaigns, including those of Prime Minister
Tony Blairof the United Kingdom, Ehud Barakof Israel's Labor Party, and the Liberal Party of Canada. In 2002, Carville worked to help American-educated Bolivian Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozadawin the presidency in Bolivia.
In 2004, he was brought in for last-minute consulting on Senator
John Kerry's Presidential campaign, but he did not play a major role.
In 2005, Carville taught a semester of the course "Topics in American Politics" at
Northern Virginia Community College. Among the guests he had come speak to the class were Al Hunt, Mark Halperin, Senator George Allen, George Stephanopoulos, Karl Strubel, Stan Greenberg, Tony Blankley, representatives from the Motion Picture Association of America, James Fallows.
In 2006, Carville switched gears from politics to sports and became a host on a sports show called "60/20 Sports" on
XM Satellite Radiowith Luke Russert, son of NBC journalist Tim Russert. The show is an in-depth look at the culture of sports based on the ages of the two hosts (60 and 20). After the Democrats' victory in the 2006 midterm election, Carville criticized Howard Deanas Democratic National Committee Chair, calling for his ouster, as he believed Dean had not spent enough money. In late November 2006, Carville proposed a truce of sorts. [ [http://hotlineblog.nationaljournal.com/archives/2006/11/carvilles_truce.html Hotline On Call: Carville's Truce?] "The Hotline". National Journal Group. 2006-11-30.]
Carville is the
executive producerof the 2006 film "All the King's Men", starring Sean Pennand Anthony Hopkins, which is loosely based on the life of Louisiana Governor Huey Long.
Carville had believed that
Al Gore, whom he helped put in the White House as vice president in 1992, would run for president in 2008. [ [http://www.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2007/2/27/120317.shtml James Carville: Al Gore Will Run in 2008] . "NewsMax.com". 2007-02-27.] This prediction did not come true.
Hillary Clinton's 2008 Presidential campaign
As an advisor to
Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign, Carville told " The New York Times" on March 22, 2008, that New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, who had just endorsed Senator Barack Obamafor the Democratic nomination, was comparable to Judas Iscariot. It was "an act of betrayal," said Carville. "Mr. Richardson’s endorsement came right around the anniversary of the day when Judas sold out for 30 pieces of silver, so I think the timing is appropriate, if ironic,” Mr. Carville said, referring to Holy Week. Governor Richardson had served in President Bill Clinton's administration as both United States Ambassador to the United Nationsand Secretary of Energy, and Carville believed that Richardson owed an endorsement to Senator Clinton in exchange for being offered those posts by her husband. Carville also claimed that Richardson assured many in the Clinton campaign that he would at least remain neutral and abstain from taking sides. [Adam Nagourney and Jeff Zeleny, [http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/22/us/politics/22richardson.html?_r=1&ei=5090&en=31393242dd61f808&ex=1363924800&oref=slogin&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss&pagewanted=print "First a Tense Talk With Clinton, Then Richardson Backs Obama"] , "The New York Times", March 22, 2008.] Richardson refuted Carville's account, arguing that he had not made any promises to remain neutral. Richardson claims that his decision to endorse Obama was "clinched" by his speech on race relations following the swirl of controversy surrounding Obama's former pastor Jeremiah Wright. [ [http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/03/22/richardson-obamas-speech-was-decisive/ CNN Political Ticker: All politics, all the time Blog Archive - Richardson: Obama’s speech was decisive « - Blogs from CNN.com ] ] Carville went on to note,"I doubt if Governor Richardson and I will be terribly close in the future," Carville said, [cite news |last=Sinderbrand |first=Rebecca |title=Carville: Controversial Judas comment 'had the desired effect' |work=CNN Political Ticker |publisher=CNNPolitics.com |date=2008-03-25 |url=http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/03/25/carville-controversial-judas-comment-had-the-desired-effect
accessdate=2008-04-01] but "I've had my say...I got one in the wheelhouse and I tagged it."
Even as Clinton's campaign began to lose steam, Carville remained both loyal and positive in his public positions, rarely veering off message and stoutly defending the candidate. But on May 13, 2008, a few hours before the primary in West Virginia, Carville remarked to an audience at
Furman Universityin South Carolina, "I'm for Senator Clinton, but I think the great likelihood is that Obama will be the nominee." [ [http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/05/13/carville-obama-likely-to-win-nomination/ CNN Political Ticker: All politics, all the time Blog Archive - Carville: Obama likely to win nomination « - Blogs from CNN.com ] ] The moment marked a shift from his previous and often determinedly optimistic comments about the state of Hillary's campaign.
After Barack Obama's clear lead for victory in the Democratic presidential campaign on June 3rd, James Carville said he was ready to open up his wallet to help Obama build a political war chest to take on John McCain in November. Fact|date=September 2008
Career as author
Carville is also a best-selling author. With his wife, Republican
Mary Matalin, and writer Peter Knobler, Carville co-wrote "All's Fair: Love, War and Running for President", published in 1995. He later wrote: "We're Right, They're Wrong: A Handbook for Spirited Progressives", published in 1996; "...And The Horse He Rode In On: The People vs. Kenneth Starr", published in 1998; With Paul Begalahe co-wrote "Stickin". "Suck Up, Buck Up... and Come Back When You Foul Up", in 2001, which detailed strategies for fighting and winning in business, politics, and life. In 2004, Carville released a political banter book entitled "Had Enough?", as well as a children's picture book, "Lu and the Swamp Ghost", with co-author Patricia C. McKissackand illustrator David Catrow. In January 2006, he released another book co-written with Begala, "Take It Back: Our Party, Our Country, Our Future".
Carville is married to Republican political pundit
Mary Matalin, who had worked for President George H.W. Bushon his 1992 reelection campaign. Carville and Matalin were married in New Orleansin October 1993. They have two daughters: Matalin Mary "Matty" Carville and Emerson Normand "Emma" Carville. In 2008, Carville and Matalin relocated their family from Virginia to New Orleans. [cite news |last=Argetsinger |first=Amy |authorlink=Amy Argetsinger |coauthors= Roxanne Roberts|title=His Family Is Following the Ragin' Cajun Home |work=The Reliable Source |pages=C03 |publisher= The Washington Post|date=2008-03-27 |url=http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/27/AR2008032700006.html |accessdate=2008-04-01]
Film and television appearances
*Carville takes a lead role in "
The War Room", a documentary about Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign, together with George Stephanopoulos.
*He appeared in the 1996 film "
The People vs. Larry Flynt" as attorney Simon Leis.
*In the film "Old School", Carville makes a cameo appearing as himself, brought in as a ringer at a college-level debate society meeting.
Will Ferrellthen inexplicably gives a complex answer regarding US biotechnology policy. When it comes to Carville's rebuttal, he only says, "...We...(stumbles) have no response. That was perfect..."
*In the film "
Wedding Crashers", Carville makes a cameo appearance alongside Senator John McCainof Arizona.
*He appeared as himself in
Rachel Boynton's " Our Brand Is Crisis", a documentary that goes behind-the-scenes to show the manipulation and orchestration that is involved in big-time political campaigning. Movie follows members of the consulting firm of Greenberg Carville Shrum to Bolivia, where they have been hired to help controversial candidate Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozadareclaim the presidency.
*Carville appears as the Governor of Missouri, Thomas Crittenden, in the 2007 movie "
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford".
*He was in a
Coca-Colaad during Super BowlXLII in 2008, with former Republican Senator Bill Frist.
*He appeared as himself in
NBC's comedy " 30 Rock", season 2 episode 8, where he advises numerous characters on how to deal with their problems "Cajun style". ("Tryin' to steal candy from a vending machine? Here, let me show you how it's done...Cajun style.")
*Appeared in cartoon form in Season 2, Episode 10 of the "Family Guy" "Running mates". Carville was introduced as the ragin' cajun and was trying to save Peter Griffin's career as school president.
*Starred in Steven Soderberg's HBO series 'K Street' along with his wife
* "You can call the dogs in, wet the fire, and leave the house. The hunt is over." (Carville on Obama winning the White House)
* "Republicans now have their own network on Fox, so guys who don't like to answer questions, like
Trent Lott, have a place to go to hit softballs."
*"Pennsylvania is Philadelphia and Pittsburgh with Alabama in between."
* "But one of Clinton's problems was, the interest groups don't care about the
working poor. The Republicans don't care about the working poor — they don't know any. The Op-Edwriters don't care about the working poor. The editorialwriters don't care about the working poor. The talking heads don't care about the working poor."
* "Drag $100 bills through
trailer parks, there's no telling what you'll find." regarding Paula Jones[cite news| title = "Will she have her day in court?"| url = http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,985789,00.html| work = Time (magazine)| location = New York
date = 1997-01-20| accessdate = 2008-01-21| archiveurl = | author =
*Clinton, Bill (2005). "My Life". Vintage. ISBN 1-4000-3003-X.
K Street (TV series)
* [http://www.carville.info/ The Office of James Carville]
* [http://www.cnn.com/CNN/anchors_reporters/carville.james.html CNN Biography]
*imdb name|id=0142598|name=James Carville
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